TLC's Undercover Operations

Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), Peter Romer-Friedman Law PLLC, and Pollock Cohen LLP represent four plaintiffs in a proposed class action lawsuit against the City of New York and the Commissioner of the TLC. The case challenges the TLC’s policy and practice of targeting drivers in undercover street hail operations and issuing them unconstitutionally excessive civil penalties. The plaintiffs allege that these operations primarily target people of color and/or immigrants and non-English speakers and are used by the TLC to pad its own coffers on the backs of low-income New Yorkers. The plaintiffs are represented by Belinda Luu, Mike Litrownik, and Bernadette Jentsch at MFJ, Peter Romer-Friedman at Peter Romer-Friedman Law PLLC, and Chris Leung at Pollock Cohen LLP.

If you were targeted at LaGuardia, JFK, or anywhere else in NYC by undercover Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) officers and received a summons for allegedly violating NYC’s Street Hail Law, N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 19-506(b)(1) or (2), please contact us by emailing


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Filing a class action lawsuit allows us to consolidate evidence, witnesses, and litigation expenses to make the lawsuit more efficient and effective. The collective “clout” of the class is typically far more effective than an action by any individual plaintiff.

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